Pakistan’s Business Community has expressed solidarity with the Pakistan Army while condemning the incident of 9th May and attacks on army personnel and sacred state installations.
Leading businessmen including the Patron-in-Chief of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Dr Gohar Ejaz, held a meeting in Lahore on Tuesday evening to discuss the current situation in the wake of tragic incidents of 9th May.
Speaking to the media, Dr Gohar Ejaz said the business community stands with the Pakistan Army and condemns the incidents of 9th May, especially the way the country’s national heritage and institutions were targetted.
Dr Gohar Ejaz said the business community believes that dialogue and diplomacy are needed to solve the current crises in Pakistan.
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He further revealed that the Pakistan Business Community has decided to play its role and will send delegations to all stakeholders including Pakistan Army Chief, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, former President Asif Zardari and PTI Chairman Imran to mitigate their differences in the larger national interest.
“Ongoing domestic tensions are affecting our standing in the world – a united front is the need of the hour to safeguard Pakistan’s sovereignty,” Patron-in-Chief Dr Gohar Ejaz also said.
Dialogues & diplomacy have been the only political tools for resolving historical crises. Business community proposes to initiate dialogue – with an aim to curtail these deplorable circumstances &
to save Pakistan: Patron-in-Chief APTMA
— All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (@APTMAofficial) May 16, 2023
On May 9th, violent protests were triggered in Pakistan after PTI Chairman Imran Khan was sent to jail in the Al-Qadir Trust case. Clashes erupted between protestors and the police authorities which also resulted in attacks on state and military property, for instance, the GHQ.
Furthermore, internet and mobile services were also suspended across the country which resulted in heavy losses to online businesses. The Federal Board of Revenue also lost about Rs2 billion in terms of revenue, meanwhile, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Sunday said the protests resulted in the loss of over Rs6 billion had been estimated in the violence.
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